White House Pets (1889-1953)

BROWSE: 1789-1850 | 1850-1889 | 1889-1953 | 1953-present

President Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953 (bio)

Feller, the unwanted dog, a cocker spaniel
Mike, Margaret Truman’s Irish setter

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-1945 (bio)

Majora, German shepherd
Meggie, Scottish terrier
Winks, Llewellyn setter
Tiny, Old English sheepdog
President, Great Dane
Fala, famed Scottish terrier
Blaze, Elliot Roosevelt’s bullmastiff

President Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933 (bio)

King Tut, Belgian shepherd
Pat, German shepherd
Big Ben, fox terrier
Sonny, fox terrier
Glen, Scottish collie
Yukon, Eskimo dog
Patrick, wolfhound
Eaglehurst Gillette, setter
Weejie, elkhound [PDF]
And a pair of alligators owned by President Hoover’s son Allan Henry Hoover that sometimes crawled around the White House grounds

President Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929 (bio)

Calvin and Grace Coolidge literally had a zoo at the White House. Most famous and beloved was the white collie Rob Roy, purchased from Thomas and Olive shover, who owned Shomont White Collies. They also entertained and cared for:

Peter Pan, terrier
Paul Pry, an Airedale terrier that was originally named Laddie Buck
Rob Roy, white collie, originally named Oshkosh
Prudence Prim, another white collie
Also popular was Calamity Jane, a Shetland sheepdog
Tiny Tim, chow
Blackberry, also a chow
Ruby Rouch, brown collie
Bessie, collie
Boston Beans, bulldog
King Kole, German shepherd
Bessie, collie
Palo Alto, bird dog
Nip and Tuck, canaries
Snowflake, also a white canary
Old Bill, a thrush
Enoch, goose
Mockingbird belonging to Grace Coolidge
Tiger, cat
Blacky, another cat
Rebecca and Reuben, raccoons
Ebenezer, donkey
Smoky, bobcat

Finally, given to them by dignitaries from other countries, there were also lion cubs (humorously named Tax Reduction and Budget Bureau), a wallaby, a pygmy hippo named Billy, and a black bear!

President Warren Harding, 1921-1923 (bio)

Laddie Boy, an Airedale terrier, was a famous pet of Warren Harding
Old Boy, an English bulldog
Pete, squirrel
Canaries belonging to Florence Harding

President Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921 (bio)

Old Ike, the tobacco-chewing ram
Sheep that grazed on the White House Lawn
Davie, an Airedale terrier
Mountain Boy, greyhound
Bruce, bull terrier
Puffins, cat

President William Taft, 1909-1913 (bio)

Pauline Wayne, last cow at the White House
Mooly Wooly, another cow
Caruso, dog

President Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909 (bio)

Bleistein, Teddy Roosevelt’s favorite horse
Renown, Roswell, Rusty, Jocko, Root, Grey, Dawn, Wyoming, and Yangenka, all horses
General and Judge, carriage horses
Algonquin, Archie Roosevelt’s calico pony
Pete, a bull terrier, was a favorite pet
Rollo, Saint Bernard
Sailor Boy, a Chesapeake Bay retriever
Blackjack (Jack), Kermit Roosevelt’s Manchester terrier
Skip, a mixed-breed dog
Manchu, Alice Roosevelt’s Pekingese
Emily Spinach, Alice Roosevelt’s snake
Snakes belonging to Quentin Roosevelt
Eli Yale, a Hyacinth macaw also belonging to Quentin Roosevelt
Tom Quartz, cat
Slippers, cat
Josiah, badger (!)
Rabbit named Peter
Two kangaroo rats
Flying squirrel
Guinea pigs named Admiral Dewey, Dr. Johnson, Bob Evans, Bishop Doan, and Father O’Grady

Also: lion, hyena, wildcat, coyote, five bears, two parrots, zebra, barn owl, lizard, roosters, hen, pig, raccoon

President William McKinley, 1897-1901 (bio)

Mexican double-yellow-headed parrot, which he named Washington Post
Valeriano Weyler and Enrique DeLome, angora kittens

President Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893 (bio)

Dogs including Dash, a collie
Old Whiskers, the billy goat belonging to grandchildren
Two opossums, Mr. Reciprocity and Mr. Protection

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1789-1850 | 1850-1889 | 1889-1953 | 1953-present